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September 30, 2014

Rare Female Portraits of Rural America From the Early 20th Century

These female portraits made by an itinerant photographer named Hugh Mangum, who rode the trains to the small towns of North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia in 1909-1912. They’re notably unusual for the period by their informal and lighthearted style.

At the beginning of his photographic career in the early 1890s, Mangum maintained a darkroom in a tobacco pack house on the Mangum farm at West Point on the Eno River in Durham. Over the years, he moved to Virginia and partnered with colleagues to operate photography studios in Roanoke, Pulaski, and East Radford, Virginia.













(Duke University Library, via Glamour Daze)






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